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Discussion: Regional Public Health in St. Louis

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

A panel of public health professionals will discuss the “Public Health Approach” and topics related to the current landscape in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at Il Monastero.

The discussion’s focus will be on the collaboration that currently exists between the two health departments, the limitations they experience due to our region’s fragmented system, and the future opportunities and challenges to meeting the region’s needs that might emerge under a unified government.

Panel members include:

  • Spring Schmidt, Ph.D., acting director at St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
  • Fredrick Echols, Ph.D., director of the City of St. Louis’s Department of Health.
  • Tom Burroughs, Ph.D., dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice and executive director and professor at the Center for Health Outcomes Research at Saint Louis University.
  • Darcy Scharff, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral science and health education, and director of Public Health Practice. Scharff will also serve as the panel’s moderator.
  • Will Ross, M.D., professor of medicine and associate dean for diversity programs at Washington University in St. Louis, will introduce the discussion. Ross is also board chair for the City of St. Louis’s health department and a member of the City-County Governance Task Force.